The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is refusing to release internal, sexually explicit emails that were found on state computers.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that it received a letter denying its Right-to-Know request for the emails on grounds that they are not public records and that they are part of an internal investigation into possible violations of agency policies.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane decided to withhold the emails after a grand jury judge lifted a stay barring the release the emails, freeing her to release any that did not include grand jury material.
An outside lawyer is handling responses to Right-to-Know requests for copies of the emails by news outlets that include The Associated Press.
Kane spokeswoman Renee Martin declined to discuss the case Wednesday.